Suspect in custody after food delivery man was shot on busy downtown street over parking dispute, police say – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A man is in custody in connection with a shooting at 17th and Chestnut streets downtown Thursday. Corey Curtis, 31, turned himself in to Philadelphia police on Friday morning.

The shooting occurred during an argument between a delivery driver who was double-parked and another driver.

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Police say Curtis has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related charges.

According to the police, the victim was shot several times. He was taken to Jefferson Hospital and placed in critical condition.

“I just heard three shots,” said one man. “It’s scary, it’s really scary”

Police say a delivery driver in a silver SUV double-parked on Chestnut Street to get a food delivery and blocked a vehicle that was legally parked. When the food delivery driver returned, an argument broke out with the legally parked driver which turned into a fight. The delivery driver knocked this driver to the ground. It was then that police said the driver went to his car, took a gun and shot the delivery driver twice.

“A Good Samaritan is taking him to Jefferson Hospital,” Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker said. “He was shot in the face and once in the back.”

“The guy was double parked next to him, he didn’t want to go back 10 feet so he could get out of the parking space,” said Elizabeth Armour, who witnessed the shooting.

“I hate to say it, but living in Philadelphia right now, it happens all the time,” she added. “I mean you become immune to it, you become immune to violence, guns, random shootings.”

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People who live and work in the city center reacted after the shooter involved in Thursday’s shooting turned himself in to police.

“He knew he had done the wrong thing. Too many people probably saw it, so he did the right thing,” said Linda Whitmore, who works in Center City.

Exactly 24 hours after the shooting, Eyewitness News found vehicles parked in the right-of-way all along Chestnut Street, including food delivery drivers double-parking in the same area where Thursday’s delivery driver pulled up. was double parked before being shot.

“It’s called ignorance, man. It’s called people don’t care about the next man,” Gregory Robinson said.

“Nobody really cares about anybody else anymore. It’s all about what they do,” Logan Yost said.

Others add that they want to see an end to gun violence.

“It wasn’t worth doing something like that,” said one woman.

Earlier this week, police reported there had been more than 440 shootings this year.

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